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by Talz
Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-97A for both K7 & K8!
Replies: 100
Views: 34409

Well the heatsink is obviously not designed for an especially easy conversion to 120mm. The way I see it a 120mm would be adding expense and significant hassle that should not be needed to get good quiet cooling for Socket A. You might get slightly better performance per db though, so if you want to...
by Talz
Fri Oct 29, 2004 5:21 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: My computer speakers turned into a radio??
Replies: 17
Views: 5481

Gitto is correct, though sometimes the interference can be picked up in the soundcard as well. I can tell a huge difference between my $20 labtecs using onboard sound and my Z-2200's using an Audigy 2 (the latter is much, much less prone to picking up unintended signals).
by Talz
Wed Oct 27, 2004 12:56 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Loud, annoying, evil, vile, rotten squealing
Replies: 9
Views: 3429

I've seen this from both cheaper video and sound cards before. It's not necessarily a problem with the part's design though as sometimes just switching out the offending part for another seemingly identical part can solve the problem. Rather a pain to track down though, good luck.
by Talz
Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is Phantom enough for this setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 1600

As was mentioned the Phantom 12V is very beefy for a 350 watter and I think you should be able to pull it off. Water cooling could make that system quiet and work quite well with a fanless power supply. I do agree that it would be very questionable setup with air cooling though. I'm actually hoping ...
by Talz
Tue Oct 19, 2004 10:53 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Lid stuck on reserator
Replies: 6
Views: 2770

If you really can't get it off you might try an oil filter wrench that uses a rubber strap to grip the filter. I really don't think you should need something that extreme unless you managed to crossthread it though.
by Talz
Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: TT Xazer II -> SLK3700AMB -> CM Stacker??
Replies: 6
Views: 2121

You might look at Lian Li's V1000 in the upper price range. Pretty roomy and BTX compatible for the future.
by Talz
Wed Oct 13, 2004 5:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital upsets the SPCR worldview!
Replies: 17
Views: 11949

I believe the PB designated drives merely guarantee a fdb and that they are slowly moving all of their drives to use the new bearing style.
by Talz
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Burned out PSU x2
Replies: 10
Views: 2341

Really don't have much to say about Belkin, it should be decent at least. The only widely distributed brand I would specifically avoid is Newpoint. I had one of those melt a hole in its housing and feel pretty lucky that it did not catch the house on fire while I wasn't around.
by Talz
Tue Oct 12, 2004 8:44 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Burned out PSU x2
Replies: 10
Views: 2341

I would get a brand name UPS, you can find some decent deals ($100 or less) if you look around. I would look for one that lists power conditioning as one of it's features or benefits like the APC ES series, though any decent UPS should do more than a standard surge protector in this regard. But you ...
by Talz
Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: passively cooled FX6800
Replies: 19
Views: 6023

I believe the heat output would be similiar to a radeon 9800 pro, not hugely more or less at stock speeds, probably less than the 9800 XT if that is what you meant by ultra. And 6800's are definately 12 pipe cards, if you look around you can find info on enabling the extra 4 pipes but it's quite hit...
by Talz
Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:38 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Thermaltake BigWater 120mm Watercooling Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 4778

I'm using Firefox and the page opened normally.
by Talz
Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Review of 160GB: Samsung SATA vs. Seagate 7200.7 SATA
Replies: 20
Views: 4815

No I haven't suspended it, mainly because it would be quite awkward to do so with my case without moving at least one drive out of the airflow path. I may play with suspension eventually really the only time the seeks bug me is if I leave the system on and it starts a full virus scan or something at...
by Talz
Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Review of 160GB: Samsung SATA vs. Seagate 7200.7 SATA
Replies: 20
Views: 4815

If you want near silent at idle the raptors are workable. If you want near silent at seek I don't think it's practical at all. For instance I can't hear my raptor at all right now as I'm typing until it does a seek. And my system is definately quiet even by spcr standards. Zalman Reserator, Antec Ph...
by Talz
Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:43 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need a case (i have raptors)
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

If you use some acoustipack you will eliminate the resonance hum some notice. It is key to buy a quality aluminum case though, Lian-Li or Cooler Master from my experience are the way to go. Even those two have lemons that don't fit quite right resulting in rattles or sometimes just increased vibrati...
by Talz
Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Raptor question
Replies: 15
Views: 4018

Raptors run cooler than some 7200 rpm drives, you are likely to notice a quiet but high pitched idle whine (still quieter than many non seagate/samsung 7200 rpm drives) if you have a quiet environment though. Acoustipack took care of this, but my system is placed near the floor, and the hdd's are in...
by Talz
Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive 2002C + WD Raptor.. Still noisy! Any ideas?
Replies: 32
Views: 9507

Gamepc.com's testing is fairly limited there but my problem with RAID 0 isn't speed, it's the more than doubling of the chance of a catastrophic failure. I hate hard drive failures. Now RAID 1 decreases this chance but adds very little performance wise. RAID 1 is something I've considered using but ...
by Talz
Sun Apr 11, 2004 9:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Smart Drive 2002C + WD Raptor.. Still noisy! Any ideas?
Replies: 32
Views: 9507

Raptors vary a bit, especially their idle noise. For instance I can't hear mine at idle over my case/cpu fans (all 80mm fans spinning below 1500 rpm). But I acoustipacked my case to get this result, before that I could faintly hear a high pitch whine when everything was at idle. Now I do clearly hea...
by Talz
Sat Apr 10, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake cases?
Replies: 4
Views: 1491

I've worked with all of those cases, the Antec 3700 and Chenbro Xpiders are both better unless you really want the TT styling.

And overclocking is not incompatible with a quiet pc, it just takes a little more work and careful component selection!
by Talz
Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:40 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: best psu for under $75
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

Be careful of OEM Fortrons. Fortron makes a LOT of psu's and while they will often share parts they will also often have a few differences beyond just the fan. There are some interesting units though at good prices, just don't be surprised if efficiency is a bit lower and heat is a bit higher.
by Talz
Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: aerocool ht-101
Replies: 75
Views: 22799

You may want to plan undervolting that Sunon 40mm. I have one and it did seem very good airflow/cfm for the size, but I ended up dropping the voltage a little with a fanmate to get the noise down to where I couldn't hear it.
by Talz
Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: best psu for under $75
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

I've seen the Zalman 300 watt for around $60 a few places.
by Talz
Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:40 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus or Acoustifan?? What do you think?
Replies: 12
Views: 3381

I have found after repeated scientific testing that front fans usually make practically no difference whatsoever to the case temperature, and in some cases, they may even RAISE the temperature, if the case is badly designed, and doesn't have decent airflow at the front. I would NOT generally recomm...
by Talz
Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic SS400 RevA3 out soon
Replies: 39
Views: 14195

I believe it's heat related, I could reduce the revving in mine by speeding up the intakes. Of course this was rather pointless since that made even more noise.
by Talz
Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital vs Seagate
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

Good point if Samsungs are a possiblity for you, they are generally faster and quieter. Seagate's SATA performance is better though if you go that route, but a bit louder.
by Talz
Tue Mar 30, 2004 6:59 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet computer for my aunt
Replies: 7
Views: 2483

That's a decent little system for basic web, mail, office type use. I tend to favor the compucase as a cheaper quiet case but you can make any decent case work. I'd also tend to choose a zalman power supply with a seperate system exhaust fan over the seasonic, unless Rev3 finally straightens out the...
by Talz
Tue Mar 30, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital vs Seagate
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

Check www.storagereview.com for info comparing hard drive performance. Seagate's current drives are a good noise/performance combo right now but not silent, and WD caviar's are notorious for their noise levels.
by Talz
Tue Mar 30, 2004 4:32 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: aerocool ht-101
Replies: 75
Views: 22799

I've found the DP-102 +2 included gold fans @1400 rpm, blow/suck config equally quiet with slightly better temps than my zalman 7000 @1350 rpm. Both are practically inaudible approximately 3-4 feet away inside my acoustipack dampened case. With only one fan it was inferior to the zalman though. I'm ...
by Talz
Sun Mar 28, 2004 5:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is my Antec BQE PSU broken?
Replies: 7
Views: 2224

Never had one, but my impression from others reviews etc is this is a quieter power supply than average. BUT not one for those trying for a silent pc, simply quieter than average.
by Talz
Thu Mar 25, 2004 8:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Why isn't Seasonic back at the top of the rank?
Replies: 2
Views: 1116

Seasonic's fan controller ramps up quicker than others such as zalman's under moderate loads.
by Talz
Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:05 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Athlon 64 --> alternatives to Zalman?
Replies: 14
Views: 4040

Looks like it should fit, if there's any problems I'm sure you could just use an Alpha though.